Our 3 Day New Delhi Itinerary
Having recently returned from an amazing 7 weeks travel in India, I thought I would put together some suggestions on; What to See in New Delhi in 3 Days. This was the starting point of our journey, arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after a long 13 hour flight from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
Follow along on this adventure and be sure to return often as I write about and share our personal photographs with you, offering suggestions on what to see, things to do and where to go in this vast country called India!
Delhi Day Trips Delhi Day Tour Itinerary
Traveling with my son on this trip, we arrived in New Delhi at about 2 am there time, after a non – stop 13 hour flight with Air Canada. With the time change and the long flight, by the time we arrived, we were exhausted.
We had made a prior 🛌 Booking For A Room With Airbnb for our accommodations and also made arrangements with our host to pick us up at the airport. Believe me, he was a welcome site meeting us at arrivals at 3 am. I was so happy to have made this booking before leaving home!
I highly recommend for first time visitors, to have at least your first night stay pre-arranged before leaving home. You definitely will be glad you did as we were arriving exhausted after a long flight in Economy Class.
How To See New Delhi In 3 Days
After a few hours rest and ready to adjust to the time change, it was off to see the sites of New Delhi. Having maps in hand, prior arrangements made with sponsored hosts and some suggestions offered by our others, it was time to hit the streets and hop aboard our first tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw) taxi ride.
We had 3 days before leaving by train to Varanasi and we wanted to see as much as we could.
Tuk-tuk (3 wheel auto rickshaw) and air conditioned car taxis are absolutely everywhere and very affordable as well. Be sure to negotiate a fare before climbing into yourride,with the exception of airports, where they have pre-paid taxi booths.
Attractions In New Delhi
Below are some noteworthy and major attractions within the city that we discovered and enjoyed. I have not listed them in any particular order, but we did find that our 3 days went by very quickly taking in these sites and attractions.
First and foremost is to give yourself some time to adjust to this amazing and often, very overwhelming city. The population density, the traffic, the smog and the heat can certainly be a rude awakening when visiting New Delhi for the first time, as was the case for us.
The Red Fort World Heritage Site
New Delhi In 3 Days #1
After getting settled in, grabbing a few hours sleep and adjusting to the new time schedule, it was time to get going. It was the middle of the night for us at home, but late morning in India.
We decided to make our way on our first tuk-tuk ride to the most visited attraction in New Delhi; the Historic Red Fort.
This magnificent Fort was built back in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the residence and palace. The Fort remained this way for following Emperors for 200 years.
The massive red sandstone walls andbuildings are impressive to say the least.
Strolling inside the walls of this historic complex was a great way to begin our travels throughout India and learn about some of the countrys history as well.
Experience An Old Delhi Eco-Friendly Bicycle Tour
New Delhi In 3 Days #2
Make a point of rising early in the morning to experience an eco-friendly bicycle tour of Old Delhi. What an amazing and very enjoyable unique experience! We had the pleasure of taking this very informative and scenic tour with Delhi by Cycle.
Our guide was excellent, very fluent in English and very informative on the history of the area as well.
This bike tour will take you for a ride down the many very tight alley ways and corridors that you never knew existed, and that many tuk-tuks cannot drive through.
You will also ride to and visit the famous spice market, as well as a number of other historic places only found in Old Delhi.
As well on this morning tour, you get to enjoy a traditional Indian breakfast inside a very old historic Haveli in the Old City.
A traditional townhouse and mansion in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh usually one with historical and architectural significance.
This was an excellent way to start the morning, see the historic sites of Old Delhi and enjoy a traditional breakfast. All before the heavy crowds and heat of the day! Be sure to check out my post and photos here of our excellent 🚲 Delhi by Cycle Tour.
Visit The Bahai Lotus Temple
New Delhi In 3 Days #3
In the afternoon after lunch, we hopped on another tuk-tuk for a ride to the beautiful Bahai Lotus Temple. This structure is the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent for the Baha’i Faith.
The grounds surrounding the Temple are beautiful and a wonderful escape from the noise and crowds of Delhi. Do make a point of marking this down as a destination when visiting the city. Trust me, you will be very happy to find such a peaceful place and setting in this massive bustling city!
Book An Old Delhi Walking Food Tour
New Delhi In 3 Days #4
This was without a doubt one of the highlights of our 3 daystay in New Delhi. You simply must make a point to experience a walking food tour.
Your guide will lead you through the many alleyways of Old Delhi taking you to some fabulous eateries, some that have been in existence for decades.
You have to make sure you dont eat anything before taking this multiple stop food tour! Your going to sample many dishes on this cultural food tour experience. Your guide leads you down many hidden corridors, stopping to sample some mouth – watering dishes at places you would never find yourself or even knew existed.
Do include this in your India travel budget, you will not be disappointed. Everyone in our group absolutely loved it! Do check out our tour highlights of this incredible 🥘 Delhi Food Tourwith our excellent guide and renowned Chef in Delhi.
Ride The Modern Delhi Metro Rail System
New Delhi In 3 Days #5
Besides the taxis and 🛺 tuk-tuks in New Delhi, be sure to take a ride on their modern metro system. You can get most anywhere in Delhi quickly and comfortablyon this modern transit service.
We easily rode the metro to various points in this vast city quickly, and very affordably as well. Give it a try!
Humayans Tomb UNESCO World Heritage Site
New Delhi In 3 Days #6
This beautiful structure and gardens in the city were built back in 1565 A.D. It is also the first true example of Mughal architecture in India. The tomb holds the remains of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and other notables from that period.
This beautiful building and grounds area UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely worth the visit during your stay to experience this peaceful setting and historical site.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple
New Delhi In 3 Days #7
This glorious white-marble gurdwara, [A gurudwara is a place of worship for Sikhs] was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev resided before his death in 1664.
The structure is absolutely beautiful with a large pool courtyard inside that Sikhs consider as holy. Thousands come to worship, bath and enjoy a meal at this incredible Temple daily.
Everyone is welcome to the Temple and they offer free tours with English speaking guides. Theres a large kitchen that feeds in excess of 25,000 meals per day which are prepared by volunteers to feed anyone who desires a meal.
You even get a chance to stir the enormous fired cooking pots! This is definitely a must see attraction where visitors are warmly welcomed!
Connaught Place Shopping District
New Delhi In 3 Days #8
This large circular area in the heart of the city is a bustling more fashionable business and shopping area for locals and visitors. This is a very popular area thats perfect for those who like to shop and dine in more upscale touristy establishments.
Definitely worth a look and where we enjoyed a very nice Indian lunch in a welcomedair conditioned restaurant on a very hot and muggy sunny day!
So as you can see, finding things to do in New Delhi is not difficult. It’s deciding what to see that may be of most interest to you if only staying up to 3 days in Delhi.
We tried our best to fit as much in as we could in our3 days in the city before departing by train from the Delhi Train Station to our next destination, the ancient and holy city of Varanasi. Be sure to return to view my upcoming articles on our continuing adventures throughout India.
Also, check out my recent post and photos on 🚂 India Train Travel Tips. Taking the train in India is an adventure in itself and something that should be done at least once to fully experience daily life in India.
You can learn more about this vast country by visiting Lonely Planets official website that I have listed below for your convenience.
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